The Monster of Florence

  • by Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th-century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels.All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known only as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, joined up with the crack Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to solve the case.The Monster of Florence tells the true story of their search for - and identification of - a likely suspect, and their chilling interview with that man.Then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves became targets of the police investigation into the murders. Preston had his phone tapped and was interrogated by the police, accused of perjury, planting false evidence and being an accessory to murder - and told to leave the country. Spezi fared worse: he was thrown into Italy's grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself.The Monster of Florence, which reads like one of Preston's thrillers, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, suicide, carnival trials, voyeurism, princes and palaces, body parts sent by post, séances, devil worship and Satanic sects, poisonings and exhumations, Florentine high fashion houses, and drunken peasants. And at the center of it are Preston and Spezi, caught in the crossfire of a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.


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Customer Reviews

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a documentary when you yen for a pithy mystery

The description and the sample intrigued me, but listening to this book is taking too much work on my part to fully grasp and enjoy the volumes of research involved in this case.

I have made it almost halfway through and plan to forsake this book for something more entertaining.

Buy this book if you love documentaries - I think I will look for the printed version with photos to help me keep track of all the suspects.
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- Lori

Awsome mystery !!

So what if it's too wordy and detailed... When the author includes the history of the town, he not only tells his story but also empowers us to understand the Floretine Italians. As a devout reader of murder mysteries for over 50 years, this is one of the most riveting books I have had to pleasure to come upon.
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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio